Generative Ambient Music With A Moog Mother-32

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This video captures a track, Orion, by synthesist Claus Gahrn, created with a generative patch on a Moog Mother-32.

Orion is a creative example of getting a lot out of a minimal setup – in this case a Moog Mother-32 patch, sent through the free reverb Valhalla Supermassive.

Here’s what Gahrn shared about the patch:

Assign (set to Step Random) — Mult
Mult 1 — Mix 1
Mult 2 — VCO Mod
KB — Mix 2
VC Mix — VCF Cutoff
LFO Tri — VCF Res
VCO Saw — Ext. Audio

32 note sequence. Sequence playback direction is set to random.

Patch: The Card Game, With The Make Noise Shared System

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The latest video from Perfect Circuit takes a look at Patch: The Card Game, using the Make Noise Shared System.

In the video, Perfect Circuit’s ‘Patch Pals’ Wes and Jacob try out Patch: The Card Game, a modular-focused card game, designed to inspire new and creative ways to patch your system.

Developed by James Cigler, the first volume of Patch TCG provides three types of cards to help craft patches and make changes ranging from subtle to drastic.

Abstraction cards tend to provide a starting point for a new patch or add in a substantial element, while Progression and Disruption cards respectively signify small and large modifications to shake things up.

Because of its fairly open-ended approach, there are no hard rules or highly specific ways to play Patch TCG, and it works for single or multiplayer play.

Erica Synths Debuts Black Dual ASR EG

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Erica Synths has released the Black Dual ASR EG, a versatile, full analog looping AD/ASR envelope generator, with voltage control over attack and release times. It can also be used as low frequency oscillator, with manually and voltage controlled shape and rate.

It has two identical parts, each featuring all typical envelope generator controls and bonus features – the end of the cycle output and bi-polar LFO output. When in loop mode the shortest attack and decay settings turn the module into voltage controlled drone oscillator with adjustable waveform (it will not track 1V/oct, though).

Features:

  • Dual voltage controlled envelope generator and LFO
  • Manual and voltage control over Attack and Decay/Release
  • Adjustable LFO shape
  • Manual gate button
  • Loop/Free running switch
  • End of the cycle output
  • Bipolar LFO output
  • A jumper for the EG/LFO time configuration

Pricing and Availability

The Black Dual ASR EG is available now for 165 EUR (VAT excl.)/ $199 USD/

New Module Brings Ableton Link To Eurorack Modular Synthesizers

Developer Ed Guild of Circuit Happy let us know that he’s introduced ML:2 – a Eurorack module that lets you sync your modular gear with iOS and Android music apps, DJ and VJ software, Ableton Live, or anything that supports Ableton Link.

ML:2 features WiFi connectivity to connect with other Ableton Link-enabled devices. You can either join an existing network in your home or studio or create your own private WiFi network right on board the ML:2.

Here’s the official intro video:

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ML:2’s two configurable outputs can generate triggers and gates in a variety of formats. For example, you could set one output to 4 PPQN clock triggers and the second output to a Loop Reset trigger to keep your sequencer aligned with the rest of the Link jam. You could also create a DIN Sync style clock by setting one output to a 24 PPQN clock and the second to a Gate output that rises to 5V while the clock is playing for a “run” signal.

Features:

  • WiFi connectivity: Join existing networks or create your own WiFi
  • Playback synchronized with Ableton Link
  • Two configurable outputs that can generate gates or triggers
  • Clock triggers can be set to 1, 2, 4, 8, or 24 PPQN
  • Outputs can be set to Clock, Loop Reset Trigger, or Gate
  • Adjust tempo by +/- buttons or Tap Tempo button

Guild is also the creator of The Missing Link, a hardware device – a hardware device that lets you wirelessly sync gear and software via Ableton Link. ML:2 puts these same capabilities directly into your modular synthesizer.

ML:2 can also work standalone as a clock generator and can synchronize with other Missing Link devices for wireless sync across your hardware.

Here’s an overview of the original Missing Link by Guild, from our Knobcon 2018 coverage:

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Pricing and Availability

The ML:2 Eurorack module is available now for $185.

Erica Synths Intros Black BBD Eurorack Module

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Erica Synths has introduced the Black BBD, a new Eurorack module that features two BBD (bucket brigade device) lines – one short (1024 stage) and one long (4096 stage).

BBD’s essentially take analog samples of a signal, pass each sample down a ‘bucket brigade’, and then convert the samples back into a continuous signal. The more steps in the device, the longer a signal can be delayed at a given quality level.

Both Black BBD stages work simultaneously and you can fade between each BBD mode, creating distinct multi-tap effect. An advanced BBD clock noise cancellation circuit is implemented, reducing unwanted BBD noise, without filtering higher frequencies of the audio signal.

Features:

  • Full analogue design
  • Two BBD lines (1024 and 4096 stages)
  • Smooth crossfade between BBD lines
  • Built in LFO
  • CV control over Time, Feedback and Dry/Wet mix

Pricing and Availability

The new Erica Synths BBD is available now for €260.

Auza Wave Packets ‘A Versatile New Wave Source’ For Eurorack Modular Synths

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Audio design duo Auza has introduced their first Eurorack module, Wave Packets, which they describe as “a highly versatile production tool kit in 16HP”.

Capable of generating complex envelopes, modulation signals and audio, the module allows you to sculpt your sound by producing time-limited signals or “wave packets”.

Each wave packet is determined in four primary dimensions: time, depth, frequency and wave shape. With five distinct unipolar and bipolar outputs, a wide range of shapes and sounds can be produced: an envelope growing from nothing to wild oscillation, a punchy bass drum, a ping-multiplied burst generator, an amplitude-varying LFO or timbre-morphing oscillator.

Wave Packets can operate in three excitation modes: trigger, gate, and cycle.

Once animated, the 3 depth sliders sculpt the wave packet’s overall contours, whilst the wave shape, glide and 3 frequency controls determine its oscillations through time.

The five outputs map five distinct interactions between the contour function and oscillations. These can be summarized as: the pure contour, the unipolar wave, the resonating contour, the capsulated oscillator and the pure oscillator.

The module is fully self-patchable, allowing for new wave packet models to be achieved. Examples include patching a unipolar output into wave shape CV for morphing across timbres, or patching a bipolar output into depth CV to achieve audio-rate modulation. By using multiple outputs at the same time, Wave Packets can also act as a hub for orchestrating movement across patches.

Features:

  • Create novel control voltage shapes, or use as an audio source
  • 5 simultaneously usable outputs with distinct models – 3 unipolar, 2 bipolar
  • 24-bit wavetable manipulation audio oscillator, voltage-precise LFO
  • Continuous wave shape morphing, including PWM and variable skew triangle
  • Contour function drawn from 3 slider controls
  • 4 adjustable time stages and optional sustain stage, with LED indication
  • Colour-frequency representation LEDs
  • Traverses through 3 frequencies with glide control
  • 3 excitation/ trigger modes, including a pingable stages cycle mode
  • Ping input frequency/ rate control, with multiplication/ division or offset controls
  • EOS, EOC outputs
  • 16-bit tracking V/OCT input, 10V range. Accepts -V for FM use
  • Depth and wave shape CV inputs
  • Skiff-friendly 25mm, 16HP module

Pricing and Availability

Wave Packets is expected to be available in early 2021. Pricing is to be announced.

Tubbutec 6equencer A TR-606 Style Sequencer For Modular Synthesizers

Tubbutec has introduced the 6equencer, a Roland TR-606 style step sequencer for modular synthesizers.

6equencer is available in Eurorack and 1U form factors, and can sequence 8 channels, via Gates or MIDI. Tubbutec says that the 6equencer is optimized for live performance and allows quick programming and editing of drum patterns.

Multiple 6equencers can also be linked, in sequencer or parallel, to get longer sequences or more channels.

Features:

  • Step-based drum sequencer with 8 instruments inspired by the? TR-606.
  • Compatible with analog and midi based systems
  • 16 patterns, chainable in song mode, up to 32 patterns in a song
  • Forward, backward, ping-pong and random play directions for? patterns and songs
  • Mute instruments live
  • Probability control of steps
  • Record steps by tapping or via midi
  • Clear steps while playing
  • Pattern length can be set individually (Last Step)
  • Copy, Paste and Clear patterns in song mode
  • 8 trigger outputs with adjustable trigger length, midi out
  • Analogue clock or midi clock input with adjustable clock divider
  • Multiple 6equencers can be chained to achieve longer ?sequences or more instruments.
  • Trigger and record via midi in, doubles as midi interface
  • Trigger midi instruments via midi out
  • 3U * 6HP, or 1U * 24HP Intellijel

Pricing and Availability

The 6equencer is available now for 210,00 €.

Cicada Acoustic Synthesizer Lets You Physically Interact With Modular Sound

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Physical Synthesis, a new hardware startup, has introduced Cicada, a sound design tool that lets you physically interact with sound in a modular way.

Cicada is made up of five primary components: AMP, PRE, Actuator, Bridge, and Soundboard.

The Actuator acts as a voiceless speaker, and generates signal vibrations supplied from up to three amplified input signals (carrier modulator and DC offset) produced by the AMP module.

These vibrations are carried across the Bridge and transformed into nonlinear tip surface interactions with the Soundboard, containing a piezoelectric pickup, where the sound is modulated.

The signal from the pickup is then attenuated, filtered, and pre-amplified via the PRE module.

By experimenting with different materials and shapes, you can use Cicada to explore interacting with sound in a tangible way.

Audio Demos:

Technical Details:

Cicada is an expandable modular system, comprised of five primary components: AMP, PRE, Actuator, Bridge, Soundboard.

The Cicada Actuator generates vibration through two voice-coil motors, supplied from up to three amplified input signals (carrier modulator, and DC offset).

These vibrations are carried across a steel Bridge and transformed into a nonlinear tip-surface interactions with a Soundboard containing a piezoelectric pickup.The signal from the pickup is pre-amplified, filtered, and compressed to +5dB level output to either direct (speakers) or back into a DAW or effects chain.

In addition to audio, the Cicada Soundboard has four force sensitive resistors (FSRs) located beneath the four corners of the unit. When the soundboard material is compressed, the FSRs transmit CV voltages (0 to 5V+) from each of the four FSRs.

Pricing and Availability

Cicada is available now to pre-order, starting at $230.

New Module, euroNES, Brings Classic Nintendo Entertainment System Sounds To Eurorack

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Developer Corvus Prudens shared this overview and sneak preview of euroNES, a new Eurorack module inspired by the classic sound of the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Prudens created the euroNES as his final project for the Berklee College of Music’s Electronic Production and Design major. It’s an impressive project, combining electronics design, programming, designing a CPU, creating a custom coding language and more.

Here’s what Prudens has to say about it:

“The module still needs a bit of work, but hopefully it’ll be actually done in a month or two. It’s been a crazy ride!

There’s at least one major simplification in this video: I did not mention the DMC channel at all. It’s a bit more challenging to implement, so I haven’t gotten to it yet. However, for the final product, it will definitely be implemented, since you can do some really cool stuff with it.

Another note: probably a better high-performance MCU to bring up would be the STM32. Why wouldn’t I use it? Well, because then I can’t make my own CPU. That’s no fun. Okay, for real though, while this project may not necessarily need an FPGA, I have other ideas that more or less do. It was definitely a great way to get comfortable with the process.”

Topics:

00:00? — Intro
01:10? — Design Process
02:33? — Technical Details
05:52? — Module Software
07:18? — Future plans
07:45? — Conclusion
08:20? — Music Demo

Pricing and Availability

The module is currently in development, but Prudens says that he hopes to be able to make the euroNES available for around $200.

via midierror, sonicstate

‘Red Dress Mood’ – Julia Bondar

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Synthesist Julia Bondar shared this live performance, Red Dress Mood, on a Eurorack modular synth system.

Bondar is the Creative Director at Endorphin.es, and her system features the company’s new Ground Control step sequencer and Golden Master in multiband processor in an Intellijel? Stealth case.